Revenge porn in India: What to do when your ex threatens to put your private videos online

Being through a toxic relationship is hard. It affects both your mental and physical health. Revenge porn could be a result of such toxic relationships. This sick act is on the rise in the past few years. According to a study[1], narcissists and those with psychopathic traits, like impulsivity and lack of empathy, are more likely to post revenge porn online. The researchers also found that 87 percent of participants expressed at least some excitement or amusement with revenge porn. Things get ugly and dangerous if you find yourself in a situation where the guy threatens to post your personal pictures or video that were taken by your consent when things were good. If you are going through this, fret not and read this. And if you are someone who is planning to do this with some girls read this to know what’s in store for you:

1. It is time for you to take action against that person. DO NOT let the person take advantage of you emotionally. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! Channelise your anger and other emotions properly. Know your rights.

2. For social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, Facebook recently rolled out tools to help people thwart the circulation of their intimate images without consent or ‘revenge porn’ on its platforms including Messenger and photo-sharing service Instagram. If you notice an intimate image on Facebook that seems to have been shared without permission, your first step should be to report it by using the “Report” link that appears next to the post. A Facebook team will then review the image and remove it. It does not stop here. Facebook uses photo-matching technologies to help curb further attempts to share the image on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.

3. Even though there are are no specific laws in India, you must know that revenge porn is a punishable crime with 3-7 years of imprisonment and attracts a fine up to Rs. 10 lakh under various sections of the IT Act, 2000 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

4. Consent for the capture of the material isn’t considered what is important is the consent for uploading it. Uploading any such material without consent is a punishable offence under sections 66E, 67, 67A of the IT act and section 354C of the IPC and it also applies to images captured without consent.

5. In the case of publishing obscene content about anyone below the age of 18, the consequences are even more aggravated under section 67B of the IT Act.

6. Even videos and pictures that are morphed or photoshopped attract punishments.

7. Threatening to reveal the person’s name or other harassment of that sort will attract laws on defamation under Sections 400 and 506.

8. The government has set up cyber forensic training and investigation labs in various states in the country and cyber-crime cells have been set in all the states and union territories in the country. You can report there and get your issue resolved easily.

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[1] Sirianni, J. M. (2015). Bad romance: Exploring the factors that influence revenge porn sharing amongst romantic partners(Doctoral dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo).

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